The Nationals Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull is concerned eligible vulnerable residents are missing out on a one off $250 payment from the State Government.
The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off rebate for Victorian electricity account holders who hold a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card or receive payments under one of the following concession programs:
• Centrelink pensioner concession
• Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
• Department of Veterans Affairs pensioner concession
Mr Bull said he wanted to ensure those who were eligible for this rebate didn’t miss out.
“I’m concerned that the Andrews Labor Government has done a terrible job advertising this payment, particularly to those who don’t access social media,” Mr Bull said.
“That combined with the decision to make applications online-only is very disappointing, with many elderly residents unable to apply because they simply do not have a computer.
“That’s why I have sent letters explaining the application process for the Power Saving Bonus to all Gippsland East constituents aged 65 years and older.
“The letter also advises that those without internet access, can contact my office for application support.
Mr Bull is asking for the community to get involved in spreading the word.
“While I’ve sent letters to older East Gippslanders, it is important to stress this support is available for residents receiving payments through the outlined concession programs.
“If you have a loved one or neighbour who may be eligible for this payment, please ensure they are aware of it.”
“This support will help keep our vulnerable residents warm over this very cold winter.
Mr Bull said those who were unsure about their eligibility can find more information about the Power Saving Bonus, including how to apply, by visiting the Victorian Energy Compare website at https://compare.energy.vic.gov.au.
Monday, 12 July 2021